Tourism association picks New York cruise ship for meeting

Skål International, the world's largest professional association of senior travel and tourism executives, has chosen a New York-based cruise ship to host its 74th World Congress in September 2013.

Around 1,200 travel industry delegates will gather in the city on 27 September before departing from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal for the first-ever meeting at sea aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Glory.

The annual event will return to New York on 5th October for a post-congress tour of the city with local travel partners.

Skål International last met in the US in 1994 in Los Angeles and has not returned to New York since 1955.

Skål International New York was the first chapter established in North America and will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary during the congress.

John J. Ruzich, OBE, Chairman of the Skål New York Host Committee, said: "The response from our global membership  has been overwhelming. New York City, our 75th Anniversary and the sailing have created a perfect formula for success. Our dedicated volunteer committee has been working on this event since October 2011 when winning the 2013 bid at the congress in Turku, Finland."

NYC & Company’s CEO George Fertitta added: "Tourism is a cornerstone of New York City’s economy. Last year, the City welcomed a record 52 million visitors who spent nearly £23 billion.

"To date, we’re pleased to announce that nearly 900 people have registered for the upcoming Skål International World Congress this year."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
London calling: A look at what's new and forthcoming in the capital

London calling: A look at what's new and forthcoming in the capital

Hotels, venues and activities that should be on your radar for future London-based events.

Double acquisition for Gray Dawes Group

Double acquisition for Gray Dawes Group

Acquisitions include INC. Travel Group's corporate and marine businesses and the purchase of VIP Leisure Travel Ltd.

Love is in the air for one in seven event attendees, report claims

Love is in the air for one in seven event attendees, report claims

Research by Cvent and Edelman Intelligence finds 14% have met a significant other at a B2B event.

The advantages of being a second tier city

The advantages of being a second tier city

There are benefits to not being the capital, says Bas Schot, head of congresses and events at the Hague Convention Bureau.

What to do if a disgruntled event attendee threatens legal action

What to do if a disgruntled event attendee threatens legal action

Keystone Law's James O'Flinn discusses your options and how to prevent this happening in the first place.

Speakers announced for C&IT Northern Forum

Speakers announced for C&IT Northern Forum

New event takes place between 25-26 April at ACC Liverpool, with inspiring sessions from industry leaders.

Why personalisation is the key to measuring an event's success

Why personalisation is the key to measuring an event's success

Mike Leeson, general manager Europe at ETM, explains why ROE may be a better measurement than ROI.

Oman to welcome IGRC in 2020

Oman to welcome IGRC in 2020

Sultanate to host the International Gas Union's 16th International Gas Research Conference at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Events company faces legal action from makers of video game Fortnite

Events company faces legal action from makers of video game Fortnite

Epic Games issues claim against Exciting Events after widely criticised event in Norwich.

Diary of a delegate: Beautiful Bergen

Diary of a delegate: Beautiful Bergen

A three-day account of the C&IT A-List FAM trip, in partnership with Visit Norway.

LATEST JOBS